Category Archives: Dog Bites
Can You Be Held Responsible If Your Dog Bites Another Dog?
The short answer is, “Yes, you can.” The owner of the dog that was bitten by your dog can hold you liable for the resulting damages and losses in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Gen. Laws § 4-13-16 provides that dog owners can be held responsible for property damage caused by their dogs. Rhode Island… Read More »
What to Do Immediately After a Dog Bite in Rhode Island?
A dog bite incident can happen to anyone. Regardless of whether you were bitten by a known or unknown dog, it is vital to take action immediately to eliminate the risk of infection and hold the owner responsible for your damages. If you were bitten by a dog in Rhode Island, do not hesitate… Read More »
5 Tips on How to Prevent Dog Bites in Rhode Island
Every year, an estimated over 800,000 people in the United States require medical care as a result of dog bites. The severity of injuries resulting from dog bites depends on the dog breed and the circumstances surrounding the attack. Being a victim of a dog bite can be a traumatic and stressful experience. People… Read More »
Strict Liability for Dog Bite Injuries Inside vs. Outside of an Enclosure in Rhode Island
Dog owners have a responsibility to prevent their pets from causing harm to other people and animals. Unfortunately, dog bite injuries can happen even when owners are trying to control their animals. Being attacked by a dog is a scary experience. A dog bite can cause severe infection, permanent scarring or disfigurement, or even… Read More »
Children More Likely to Be Bitten by a Familiar Dog at Home, Study Finds
A new study showed that children are twice as likely as adults to be bitten in the eye area. The study, published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, warned against children being at the eye level with a dog, even if it is a familiar dog at home or under adult supervision…. Read More »
Rhode Island Legislators to Reform the State’s ‘Vicious Dog’ Laws
Rhode Island lawmakers consider changing the state’s vicious dog laws. The current dog bite laws have not been updated in more than three decades, as the public continues pushing for a change. A new legislative commission at the State House wants to overhaul Rhode Island’s regulations on vicious dogs after a dog bite incident… Read More »
How Does Rhode Island Dog Bite Law Define an ‘Enclosed Area’?
As you may know, unlike dog bite laws in other states, the law in Rhode Island places strict liability on the owner of a dog that bites someone outside of the dog’s “enclosed area.” But what is that mysterious “enclosed area”? How does Rhode Island dog bite law define the term that prevents victims… Read More »